03/10/2004 1:00AM

Garners on fire at Sam Houston


Trainer Tim Garner and his wife, jockey Cathleen Garner, have won with 10 of their last 24 starters together at Sam Houston. Their most consistent horse has been Spider Dann, who won his fifth consecutive race on March 4. He races for Kenneth Collins.

Tim Garner won several amateur bodybuilding titles before turning to training full-time in 1995. Other top horses the Garners have teamed with this meet include Prime Time Man, who set a track record for 4 1/2'' furlongs in 51.70 seconds Feb. 12.

* Ketel One, a Holland-based vodka distiller who was the title sponsor of last year's $100,000 El Joven at Retama Park near San Antonio, has renewed its sponsorship agreement for the race. The Ketel One El Joven is for 2-year-olds on turf, and highlights the fall season at Retama.

* More than $10,700 was raised for the Sam Houston Jockey Crisis Fund and the Chaplaincy Benevolence Program during a golf tournament and auction last weekend in Houston.